I am looking forward to co-hosting the big event later this month.  Here is the press release about the event we shared today via Xbox Wire:

Xbox and YouTube team up for one-of-a-kind “Halo 5: Guardians” launch celebration

“Halo 5: Live” broadcast and global fan events commemorate biggest game launch in Xbox history.

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 15, 2015 — Halo fans around the world will join together on Oct. 26 to celebrate the global launch of “Halo 5: Guardians,” one of the most anticipated games of 2015. Streaming exclusively on YouTube, “Halo 5: Live,” a six-hour live broadcast, will kick off at 6 p.m. EDT on Oct. 26 and culminate at midnight when “Halo 5: Guardians” goes on sale in North America. The broadcast will feature exclusive gameplay reveals, celebrity appearances, live interviews with the 343 Industries development team and much more.

“Halo 5: Guardians” is the most ambitious addition to the $4.6 billion sci-fi franchise to date, bringing together a gripping story, deep character narrative and teamwork-based gameplay. As a mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the universe, the Master Chief has gone AWOL and the UNSC’s elite man hunter, Spartan Locke, is tasked with hunting him down. As the pursuit unfolds, players can band together in a four-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds, or challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes.1

“‘Halo 5: Guardians’ is the game we have always dreamed of making, and it was important to us that Halo fans in every corner of the world could join us in an epic-scale launch celebration,” said Bonnie Ross, corporate vice president and head of 343 Industries. “Whether they tune into the live broadcast on YouTube or come out and celebrate with us in person at one of our global fan events, we hope Halo Nation will help make ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ the biggest game launch in history.


The “Halo 5: Live” broadcast will connect millions of fans around the world, allowing viewers to watch, comment and virtually participate in multiple launch celebrations held in key international cities. Microsoft is reinventing the traditional video game launch, inviting fans to join in the celebration, no matter where they are located. Festivities currently planned include the following:

* The world premiere of “Halo: The Fall of Reach” episode one, the new animated series that tells the dramatic tale of the origin and intrigue behind the SPARTAN program that propelled characters like the Master Chief and Dr. Catherine Halsey into the pantheon of Halo lore.2

* The first Xbox roundtable featuring the writers behind “Halo 5: Guardians” and Nathan Fillion, the voice of Spartan Buck.

* Special documentaries will get up close and personal with Halo superfans around the world, showcasing what makes Halo Nation unlike any other community in gaming.

* A lucky fan in Australia will play “Halo 5: Guardians” from a helicopter flying over Sydney, as gameplay is broadcasted via a screen suspended from a second helicopter.

* In London, iconic entertainment venue The Roundhouse will transform into a “Halo 5: Guardians” celebration, with a friendly tournament between four teams of YouTube creators and fans. U.K. fans can win a chance to attend the London event by visiting http://bit.ly/1REsmt6.

* In celebration of a Halo superfan from Japan who has played over 10,000 hours of Halo, Master Chief and Agent Locke action figurines will travel to the edge of space for the most epic Gamertag selfie.

* A Taiwanese cosplayer will bring his passion for the Master Chief to life when he collaborates with one of the hottest jewelry designers in Australia to recreate the Master Chief’s helmet with more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals. The one-of-a-kind helmet will be unveiled during the show and kick-start a chance for gamers around the world to bid on it for charity.

* In New Zealand, Halo fans will converge at the close of the Armageddon Expo for multiplayer sessions, cosplay displays and more.

* In Hong Kong, a real-life course inspired by the new “Halo 5: Guardians” competitive Arena multiplayer mode, “Breakout,” will be constructed, putting Halo fans into real 4v4 combat.

* In New York City, a special fan destination will take place at the brand new flagship store Microsoft at Fifth Ave. and 53rd St., located in the heart of Manhattan and culminating in the midnight launch of “Halo 5: Guardians.”

“Millions of our fans around the world are waiting in anticipation of the launch of ‘Halo 5: Guardians,’ so we wanted to do something special for them and launch a video game in a way that has never been done before,” said Aaron Greenberg, head of games marketing for Xbox. “We are excited to stream the ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ launch exclusively through YouTube so fans can share in a New Year’s Eve-like countdown moment together.”

Special fan events will take place at all Microsoft stores. All stores will be streaming the “Halo 5: Live” broadcast and are offering an exclusive Halo poster with a $25 purchase, early gameplay and more for the midnight launch of “Halo 5: Guardians.” Fans can also enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two to Seattle for a tour of the Xbox and 343 studios. More information can be found on the Microsoft store Facebook page.

The full “Halo 5: Live” launch day programming lineup will be announced soon. Additional “Halo 5: Live” details can be found at https://www.xbox.com/Halo5Live.

Windows 10 Fan Celebration

I’ll be in New York City this Wednesday evening, July 29th for a special invitation only Windows 10 Fan Celebration.  With Xbox and gaming a big part of Windows 10 – I was able to secure 50 invitations for a few lucky Xbox Fans. If you will be in the New York City area this Wednesday evening (July 29th) and would like to attend, please email me (major at Xbox -dot com with the subject line NYC) by Monday (July 27th) evening at 11:59pm ET. Note: Deadline to send me email has passed. No more emails please.

On Tuesday morning, I’ll randomly choose 50 winners and email those chosen with details.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • If you are randomly selected, you’ll receive an email from me Tuesday afternoon with the time/location of the event Wednesday evening.
  • If chosen, you’ll be on my guest list with two passes under your name – one for you and one for a guest.
  • Due to alcohol being served at the event, all attendees must be 21 and over.

Thanks and hopefully I’ll see you Wednesday night.


Here is a look at what you can do with the Xbox app on Windows 10

E3 Day Three Recap

The final Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show aired yesterday – and it was a big show. Fans went crazy when Kudo Tsunoda took to the stage holding HoloLens. You can watch that and all the other news and announcements by clicking the link below. I’ve also summarized the other content from the show and articles posted on the Xbox Wire. Check it out and enjoy the rest of E3.

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Monday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Tuesday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Wednesday).

    Here’s a summary of the content shown on the Wednesday (and final) show:

  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries’ Frank O’Conner and Kiki Wolfkill discussed the campaign story and the Limited Edition exclusive Halo The Fall of Reach animated series. More details here.
  • Kudo Tsunoda – Microsoft Studios’ Kudo Tsunoda recapped the biggest Xbox news coming out of E3 2015 and talked about gaming on Microsoft HoloLens and Windows 10.
  • ID@Xbox – Director of ID@Xbox, Chris Charla talked about some of the amazing new independent games coming to Xbox.
  • Forza Motorsport 6 – We debuted an exclusive video of Graeme Boyd’s recent visit to Le Mans for a closer look at the Forza Motorsport 6 cover car, Ford’s new GT.
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – Rod Fergusson from The Coalition returned to talk about the in-progress beta.
  • Gigantic – We debuted exclusive footage of the Creatures and their role within Gigantic and talked about the importance of teamwork tactics.
  • Killer Instinct – Ken Lobb introduced the next chapter in the fan-favorite Killer Instinct franchise.
  • Summer Spotlight – We revealed the first glimpse at the Xbox One Summer Spotlight program.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Tom Clancy’s The Division –Ryan Barnard, director for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Scott Mitchell, animation art designer for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege talked about two of the most anticipated video games in Clancy history.
  • Cuphead – We hosted an exclusive live demo of the Cuphead creators trying to conquer a challenging boss battle in this Xbox One exclusive.
  • Ashen – We showed the first details on this innovative multiplayer action RPG straight from the creators.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel continues to upload many of the trailers being shown at E3 so keep checking their video library to see all the latest and greatest footage of the games, accessories and updates coming to Xbox One.

While E3 still has another day left, that was the final episode of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3. I’ll be headed back to Redmond soon, and am very excited to continue working on delivering everything we showed off at this year’s E3. An E3 many are calling our best ever.

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E3 Day Two Recap

Technically, yesterday was the first official day of E3 2015, and once the doors were open to the fans, it didn’t take long for the Xbox booth to fill up with gamers eager to try everything we showed off in the Xbox E3 Briefing. It was also another great day for the Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show.

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Monday).

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show (Tuesday).

    Here’s a summary of the content shown on the Tuesday show:

  • Halo 5: Guardians E3 HoloLens Experience – We showed a behind-the-scenes look at the Halo 5: Guardians Warzone experience, created exclusively for E3, all brought to life through HoloLens.
  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes, lead multiplayer developer William Archbell, and senior environmental artist Wade Mulhern joined Major Nelson to answer fans’ questions about Warzone and more.
  • Forza Motorsport 6 – Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt talked about technical details of Forza Motorsport 6 and revealed a few new racing accessories.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Brian Horton from Crystal Dynamics discussed the highly anticipated next installment in the Tomb Raider franchise coming exclusively to Xbox this holiday.
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – We showed more about the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, David Prien, senior development program manager, Xbox Accessories, and Mike “Strongside” Cavanaugh, 343 Industries Pro Team member showed how the advanced controller is built to meet the rigorous demands of hardcore, competitive-level gamers on the console and Windows 10.
  • Oculus Rift – Nate Mitchell from Oculus talked about the latest details of the Rift and how the Xbox One controller and Xbox games are playing a role.
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest – We debuted an exclusive first look at a demo of the new game and showed the split-screen two-player mode.
  • Just Cause 3 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Jean-Francois Dugas, executive game director, and Roland Lesterlin, game director, offered an exclusive look at two highly anticipated Square Enix titles.
  • ION – Developer Dean Hall introduced ION, an ambitious project following the success of DayZ.
  • LEGO Dimensions – Mark Warburton, associate producer for Warner Bros.’ TT Games, shared more details about LEGO Dimensions.
  • Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 – Justin Wiebe and Sarah Jansson from PopCap talked about the newly announced Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel continues to upload many of the trailers being shown at E3 so keep checking their video library to see all the latest and greatest footage of the games, accessories and updates coming to Xbox One.

There’s more to come when the E3 show floor opens here in a bit, so watch my twitter account for more updates – and then tune in to the Wednesday edition of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 starting at 7p ET/ 4p PT.

E3 Day One Recap

Wow, what an amazing day for Xbox fans. The Xbox E3 Briefing is now in the history books and included some great announcements about upcoming titles, new accessories, platform updates and a whole lot more. It’s easy to miss some of the news, so I’ve tried to summarize everything here:

First up, if you weren’t able to watch the Xbox E3 Briefing live, or if you just want to watch it again, you can find it here.

Xbox E3 2015 Briefing Announcements

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3

Watch the video Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 show.

  • Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes unveils the all-new multiplayer mode, Warzone and shows the world-premiere of a new behind-the-scenes video.
  • Phil Spencer – Phil participates in a live interview, talks about the biggest moments from the Xbox briefing, and answers fans’ top questions.
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson debuts an exclusive trailer, discusses the process of modernizing the first Gears of War, shares details on the multiplayer beta, and briefly touches on Gears of War 4.
  • Xbox One backward compatibility – We take a closer look at Xbox One backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games.
  • New Xbox One experience – The world-premiere of the new Xbox One experience and show for the first time Cortana in action on Xbox One.
  • Fable Legends – Lionhead Studios’ David Eckelberry announces a new Fable Legends character and debuts exclusive footage.
  • Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves – Rare’s Craig Duncan and Adam Park introduces Sea of Thieves and Rare Replay; recaps the studio’s rich legacy.
  • Beyond Eyes – We debut an exclusive behind-the-scenes video documentary from tiger & squid showing what it takes to create this beautiful indie game for Xbox One.
  • Elite: Dangerous – We show the world-premiere, exclusive gameplay footage and the new PVP mode.
  • The Behemoth – We offer the first look at an old favorite with Castle Crashers Remastered and the creators detail their new title, Game 4.
  • World of Tanks – TJ Wagner from Wargaming.net makes exclusive announcements about the Xbox One beta and release dates for World of Tanks.

Xbox Wire Articles

Xbox One New Trailers and Videos

  • The Xbox YouTube channel uploaded dozens of new videos today showing off many of the new indie titles and other games coming to Xbox One.

We’re not done yet! The E3 show floor opens tomorrow, so watch my twitter account for more updates – and then tune in to the Tuesday edition of Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 starting at 7p ET/ 4p PT.

Xbox at E3 2015 *Updated*

Updates below in red

With less than 2 weeks until E3, I wanted to update this post with all of the latest information. Updates are highlighted in red, but the big news is the location of the Xbox FanFest ticket giveaway has been identified.

The Xbox E3 2015 Briefing will take place Monday, June 15, beginning at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT. You can watch the live stream of the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Xbox.com, via the Xbox Live Events Player, on Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles and on Windows Phone globally. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing during “Xbox: Game On” on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT.

I’m happy to report we’re also bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 – our live show that covers everything Xbox happening at E3.

Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3

Who: Hosted by me and Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos. Includes guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, Crystal Dynamics, and others. We’ve got an exciting lineup of co-hosts on tap this year, including Blair Herter, Tiffany Smith, iJustine, Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky, Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, and Smosh Games’ David “Lasercorn” Moss, Joshua “The Jovenshire” Ovenshire and Amra “Flitz” Ricketts. 

What: A one hour show featuring breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. We’ll also be taking a look at the upcoming film “Terminator: Genisys”, and will debut a brand-new clip from the movie during one of our episodes.

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7p ET/4p PT – 8p ET/5p PT.

Where: The show will be streamed live on Xbox One, Xbox.com both on your desktop and mobile, and Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One. Make sure to download the free XLEi app on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 in advance.

For our PC gaming fans already getting excited for the upcoming release of Windows 10 on July 29, we recently announced that we’ll be co-sponsoring the PC Gaming Show on June 16 from 5-8 p.m PDT. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and key members of the team will be showing off some great gaming experiences for Windows 10 (and maybe even a surprise), so be sure to catch the livestream of the show on the official PC Gaming Show site or on Twitch.

And finally, if you’re in the LA-area, we have something even bigger for you – Xbox FanFest: E3 2015.

Xbox FanFest: E3 2015

Xbox will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind ticket for E3 week, the gaming industry’s biggest showcase.  The Xbox FanFest Ticket will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing on Monday, June 15th, 9:30 am PT, at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Invite to the exclusive Xbox FanFest Party, Monday afternoon, June 15th, where fans will get to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbuster games this holiday and beyond.
  • VIP access to the Xbox esports Celebrity Challenge & Twitch Party sponsored by Xbox.
  • Meet-and-greet with some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

When is Xbox FanFest?

Sunday, June 14th through Thursday, June 18th.

Where Do I Get Tickets?

Fans can begin lining up at Microsoft at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles, starting at 10 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 13. This Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, though the line will start near the LensCrafters on Avenue of the Stars.

How Many Tickets Will Be Available?

500 tickets

What Are the Details?

Tickets will be first-come, first-serve.

You must be 21+ years of age.

You must have an Xbox Live gamertag.

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

You’ll have to fill out a liability waiver form.

Okay, I’m in! What do I need to do?

Be 21+ years of age.

Be in LA the weekend before E3.

Get ready to see the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for complete information, as well as the Xbox FanFest: E3 2015 rules and regulations. And stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates and news on E3!


The Microsoft at Westfield San Francisco Centre will be hosting an after hours gaming event this Wednesday. If you’re in town for the Build event or live in the area, stop by and join me for food, live music, prizes and more. The event is open to everyone and lines will open at 9:00p PST with the first 150 people being admitted to the event.

Microsoft Store at Westfield San Francisco Centre

The After Hours party is scheduled for 10p to 12a PST on Wednesday, 29 April at the Microsoft at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Use the Market Street entrance to get in.

Join me for an exclusive playable look at Rainbow Six Siege and PC gaming tournament featuring 5v5 gameplay. Those attending the event can get $20 off a Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information about the After hours Gaming Event with Major Nelson.

If you are an EA Access member, how would you like the opportunity to win a custom Battlefield Hardline Xbox One console and controller; a 12 month EA Access membership; and a copy of Battlefield Hardline?

One of the benefits of being an EA Access member is you can download upcoming EA games before the release date to try it out for a limited time.

EA Access members will have the opportunity to play Battlefield Hardline from March 12 – 16 (before it releases on March 17) and the chance to enter the Battlefield Hardline Play and Win Sweepstakes.

For more information on entering the sweepstakes, see the Official Rules here.


In anticipation of one of the biggest gaming events of the year, I will be at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on Thursday March 5 from 7-9 p.m. The Microsoft store and I will be hosting this free event with in-store gameplay and a sneak peek at games like Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide along with the chance to win some great prizes. No PAX admission is necessary – this event is free and open to the public. In addition to hands-on game play, we’ll have some food and of course prizes including a pair of tickets to attend the sold out PAX East show.
The Facebook event page has complete details about the event as well. Let me know if you plan on attending. As a bonus for those of you who get there early (by 6 p.m.) The first 50 people in line will win a free digital copy of ScreamRide for Xbox One.

I hope to see you next week at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street, Suite 27, Boston, MA 02199) at 7 p.m.

Who: The Xbox Community

What:  Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide and maybe win a pair of Tickets to PAX East.

When: Thursday, March 5th from 7pm – 9pm

Where: Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center

Why: Play games, win prizes and meet  other members of the Xbox Community. Free and open to everyone.

For a full list of what Xbox will be doing at PAX East, check out our Schedule of Events. You can also find more information at the official Xbox Events website or Xbox Wire.